Minister of Education says 2,000 students impacted by Chiang Rai quake and rebuilding schools will cost 150 million baht

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BANGKOK, 7 May 2014 (NNT) - The Minister of Education, Jaturon Chaisang, said that there has been extensive damage to Chaing Rai schools due to the recent earthquake. Five schools, and eight buildings with 60 classrooms were severely destroyed in Phan district, Mae Lao district and Mae Suai districts.

The overall damage is valued at 152.5 million baht and while a budget has been prepared for the renovation, additional budget will be needed since some schools will have to be demolished and be rebuilt. It is expected that the cabinet will approve a budget for this as soon as possible.

At present, a building at the Phanphittayakhom school was destroyed and waiting for an engineer’s inspection. At the moment, temporary classrooms will be used.

At the Mae Lao Wittayakhom school, there were three buildings (including 22 classrooms) that were hit hard. Inspectors with access to the building have proclaimed that all of them need to be demolished. The demolition of three damaged buildings and construction of two new buildings will cost 45 million baht and students at the school are planning to use a temporary facilities until school resumes.

Correspondent : Tiptida Areenukul
Rewriter : Joel Gershon